Not a Jeopardy guy, so I can only imagine. It would stink to get on a national TV game only to get clowned by a superhuman trivia freak.
The point it, you could live in Edmonton or Buffalo. At least the Blues have had a consistently good product, excepting the Bill and Nancy Laurie Tanking Period. And that does count for something.,
There is no favorite to win the Cup. As i wrote earlier this week on STLToday, this is a free-for-all. Anybody can win. The Islanders and Blue Jackets have momentum, but will they lose it during time off? And like some players note, momentum doesn't really carry from game to game.
Yeah, it depends on the dollars. The free agent market has gone so cold that players are players are grabbing extension dollars rather than risk ending up like Craig Kimbrel.
Maybe we'll have an update later today, but the schedule and travel really limits how much work the teams do between games.
Maroon has done a lot of good work in this series. No, he's not fast. But his line has often been the Blues' best at even strength in this series. How soon fans forget his game-winning assist earlier in the series.
Older players have done great things on the tour. Ask Hale Irwin. Tiger has had multiple procedures and a multiple swing adjustments, but he is in tremendous shape -- a trend he started on the tour, BTW -- and he is going to win some more tourneys. He has figured out how to succeed within his limitation.
Winnipeg has done a nice job in the middle of the ice, so the Blues forwards must come back and help the defensemen build rushes. Standing up at the red line and redirecting long passes from their D-men into the offensive zone to avoid icing calls . . . that is not much of an offensive strategy. The Blues tried to adjust that for Game 5 and eventually they were able to gain offensive zone with more speed. That, in turn, gave them a chance to sustain pressure. That led to turnovers. That's their game.
Perhaps the biggest manifestation of that trend is teams hiring low-profile managers instead of commanding figures like Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa. Big Data is great, but, as I always argue, this is not a computer game. (Or for old farts like me, a board game.)
Once he has had a few outings against live hitters, the team will have a better idea of his return time. And I imagine he will need a few rehab starts after the living batting practice or extended spring training scrimmages.
Don't blame Bud Selig for the current style-of-game crisis: Hitters are looking to draw walks, strike out or hit home runs over the top of defensive shifts by creating an optimal launch angle. The game is played station-to-station, with a dizzying number of pitching changes grinding the game to a halt.
He has great stuff but, like Carlos Martinez, he must learn the value of a good pitch leading to weak contact. Both pitchers were able to overpower hitters in the minors, but hitters at this level can spoil pitch after pitch.
Carpenter can play in the outfield, although that's not his favorite. But . . . his contract extension could overlap with the arrival of Elehuris Montero and/Nolan Gorman from the minors. And since Paul Goldschmidt isn't going anywhere, something will have to give.
That contract won't be judged this week or next week. It will be judged years from now.
I'm with you and Randal Grichuk on that. Maybe I'm just an old grump, but does Tim Anderson want a pitcher pointing to him after a strikeout, yelling stuff and perhaps dancing on the mound as well? Probably not. I like the emotion in sports, but a measure of "act like you've done it before" is always appreciated. I watch a football game and team is down 38-0, yet players are celebrating big hits on defense and theatrically signaling first down after pass completions. Please.
I would raise that with Derrick or Commish. It's fairly routine that catchers change up signals during the game. The Cardinals and Brewers have played each other A LOT this season, so both sides have a read on the other. Adjustments are likely needed.
Not much separates these teams. The Blues have had some success against the Predators, but that may not mean much in the playoffs. These series become their own entity. If Ben Bishop is hot and healthy, he is more likely to steal a series than Pekka Rinner or Juuse Saros.
I like the fact that Mike Shildt is trying to put the Cardinals in motion. He sees the need to make the product more interesting. And I'm glad to see guys like Wong and Bader try to use their speed with some small ball. But, yeah, baseball today is Marcell Ozuna trying to go yard. That's how Marcell is going to get paid.
Binnington's problem was Ville Husso in his way: Husso had a .922 save percentage in 2017-18 in San Antonio and .920 the year before in Chicago. So Jordan was No. 4 until Husso got hurt. Then he became No. 3 and he earned the call when Chad Johnson failed, There is nothing unusual here. Jake Allen spent 3 1/2 years in the minors before sticking. Ben Bishop spent the better part of four seasons in the minors -- and part of a fifth, after going to Ottawa -- before he finally stuck. That is not unusual with goaltenders.
Iron Mike was always thinking . . .